It is not just that a showdown on judicial nominees is pending in the Senate. Senator Reid's Democratic Party has been losing elections consistently in the past few years.
In the 2000 elections, they lost the White House during peace and prosperity, which is usually a slam dunk for the party in power. They even lost Congressional seats in 2002, a midterm election in the midst of a controversial war, both of which usually mean that the opposition party picks up seats.
After the most recent elections last year, the Democrats ended up a minority party in both Houses of Congress, with Republicans controlling not only the White House but most of the governorships and state legislatures across the country.
It is desperation time for the Democrats and Dirty Harry Reid is just one of those who is showing it. Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean's denunciation of the President as "despicable" is just one of his bright sayings that recalls his famous primal scream during the Democratic primaries last year.
Senate Democrats' threat to obstruct the normal functioning of the Senate if Republicans stop them from filibustering judicial nominees is another sign of their desperation -- and the venom to which desperation often leads.
Even to threaten to obstruct the operation of the Senate during a war is something that boggles the mind, whether or not the threat is actually carried out. It also boggles the mind to see liberals defending filibusters, whose best known use in the past has been to block civil rights legislation.
What they are really defending is the right of those who lost an election to prevent those who won from governing. Dirty Harry Reid is the right man for that kind of job.